Obtaining High-Color Splash Screens

Friday May 24th 2002 by Rajesh Parikh
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In todays world of high quality graphics you need a way to display high color bitmap as the splash screen of your applications. By default VC++ provides a 16 color bitmap for the splash screen. Learn how to increase this to a higher number of colors.

Environment:Visual C++ 6.0, MFC

The default bitmap provided by "splash screen component" included with Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 is a 16-color bitmap. Although the Visual C++ resource editor is capable of displaying images with up to 256 colors, any new bitmap created with Visual C++ 6.0 defaults to 16 colors.

To display a high-color splash screen, follow these steps:

  1. Insert a splash screen component to the project using "Components and Controls Gallery."
  2. Open the bitmap associated with the splash screen in the resource editor, and note the image file name.
  3. Using an image editor such as MS Paint, edit the image file and save it with the required color depth.
  4. Now the splash screen would display an image with a color depth of more than 16 colors.
  5. As the bitmap editor included with Visual C++ versions 6.0 and earlier, is not capable of displaying images with more than 256 colors; you will need to use an external image editor for all further editing of this bitmap.
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